Mens Vic League 1 - TEM travelled to Ballarat in a clutch game for the 2016 season. TEM were determined to bounce back after a disappointing game last week, with West Vic looking to maintain their undefeated status at home and push for the top four. The home side started well creating a number of excellent chances. Adam Bailey continued where he left off from last week making a number of brilliant saves.
TEM opened the scoring through a penalty corner hit by Charles Norbury. The score would remain at 1-0 for the remainder of the half with TEM having much of the play. TEM controlled the first 20 minutes of the second half, scoring through Tim Belza. With ten minutes to go, West Vic applied the pressure, scoring a goal and creating a number of chances. In the tense final minutes TEM showed composure to hold on for a 2-1 win.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – Playing West Vic at their home in Ballarat was always going to be a challenge, but it was an even greater challenge with a number players out and three players making their debut in the Reserves. Congratulations to Lewis Jecketts, Matt Stewart and Jono Stewart on playing in their first Reserves game this year. The boys carpooled up the highway in the hope of arriving to only mild winter conditions at the old gold mining town well known for being bitterly cold. Happy days, a pleasant and windless 10 degrees!
TEMs Reserves got off to a slow start. The pitch looked magnificent and played generally well, but was incredibly slippery at times and blokes kept losing their feet. West Vic were not a push over by any means, but failed to capitalise in attack and convert opportunities into outcomes. TEM had the majority of possession, run of play and eventually put away 3 goals. Goal scorers with 1 each – Pat Cassidy (penalty flick), Mitch Eager & Oli Ritman. Terrific work from Oli and Pat to back up on Saturday after playing in the Junior State Championships during the week.
Womens Premier League - The last time TEM and Camberwell met the game resulted in a 4-4 draw, so this week both teams were keen to get the win. Camberwell opened the scoring in the first half with two powerful tomahawks into the corner of the net. Facing a 2-0 scoreline, the TEM girls rallied after half time with English import Courtney Hansford slotting a magnificent hit past the goalie. TEM held off the Camberwell attack for the remainder of the half. A late corner in the game was the prime chance for TEM to equalise and Emily Tulloch took it with both hands, hitting an aerial ball into the back of the net, with the final score 2-2.
Womens Premier League Reserves – A tough evening out at Camberwell this week for the Reserves. After last week’s great result, the girls continued to perform but were up against a very slick Camberwell. The opposition proved too strong as they scored many goals against TEM this game, but credit to Camberwell they were all impressive shots and corners. The Reserves had Olivia Wood, Bronte Hough and Laura Tulloch holding and distributing in the mid-field and the player of the match was Bec Haining (2XU Hi-Performance Visor award) for her skill and strength in defence. The team is playing well together so looking forward to scoring some goals next weekend!